Me in the late 1990s enjoying fewer dolls than I own now
I always cringe when I read or hear a misinformed adult tell a child, "You're too old to play with dolls!"
I cringe even more when an adult's sanity is questioned because they possess an exuberant passion for dolls or other things incorrectly considered only a child's toy.
Let me make this perfectly clear:
Contrary to these widespread misconceptions, anyone who enjoys the company of three-dimensional, inanimate figures, is never too old to enjoy, collect, play with, or otherwise find delight in dolls. This includes other items considered playthings: action figures, model cars, teddy bears, and the like.
If children were not rushed into adulthood by adults or by peers who have already left behind the carefree wonders of childhood, our world would be less troubled. Girls and boys need to remain children as long as possible. If holding on to childhood playthings while traveling the road to adulthood gives them pleasure, allow a child the freedom to do this without admonishment.
For those who entered the realm of adulthood prematurely, it is never too late to recapture the pleasures of childhood or recreate missed ones by incorporating doll or action figure collecting into your adult world. Just do it and have fun in the process regardless of what others say or think. (Nine times out of ten, the critics are miserable and need a passion, too.)
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